- "A Musing Pastor"
Completing the Circuit.
Some days things work and some days things don't work. It all depends on...on...well, I'm not exactly sure what it depends on! Yesterday, I decided to help clean the house a bit. I plugged the sweeper in and touched the switch....nothing happened. I went and wiggled the plug...nothing. Great! The sweeper died on us! What else can happen? Then, I remembered we live in a house that has receptacles wired into a wall switch! After hitting the switch and trying the sweeper again...va-voom! It was actually more like vvrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! The broken electrical circuit needed to be closed for power to flow. Got me to thinking about our connectedness to God.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV)
This text from Solomon's writings in Ecclesiastes seems to imply that God has hardwired us to be connected to Him. Yet, there are days and seasons where our connection is affected adversely. Nothing seems to make sense and chaos follows us wherever we go. The more we try, the harder we work, and the greater we struggle the less goes right for us. WHY? Perhaps our broken circuit needs closed.
Much could be said about our infinite God who knows the beginning from the end and everything in between. It should also be noted that we are finite. We can't start our life and we fail to control the end of our lives. Come to think of it, there isn't a great deal of stuff in between that we have any control over. Our trust must be placed somewhere.
Unfortunately, many will place their trust in any number of empty propositions. For some, chasing after success, pursuing financial status, and or consuming drugs of all kinds can result in broken people who have lost sight of the main powersource. Though still plugged into God, the switch is in the off position.
Moving through Lent, We need to grasp the transcendence of God. God is vast and powerful enough to speak us into existence. Yet, the same God desires to have a intimate relationship with each of us. God has 'set eternity in the hearts of men (women)'.
Did you catch that? We are connected to God. If you experience healthy
conversation, meditation, and fellowship with God, then celebrate! If you don't enjoy this close connection, maybe its time to seek God's switch. Things that aren't working for us are probably plugged into a God receptacle but we have forgotten the connection. Go ahead, allow God to lead you to the switch and throw it on. Trust in God.
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom
you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the
LORD.” (Joshua 24:14, NIV)